During the WWDC 2020, Apple has announced the beginning of the transition to ARM chips on the Mac. For this reason, the company is allowing developers to request a Mac mini modified with a chip A12Z and 16 GB of RAM to begin development with this architecture.
Some developers are already starting to receive this Mac mini ARM, which is officially known as the “Developer Transition Kit“.
Apple promises that its the Mac that has these chip custom Apple Silicon will have industry-leading performance-per-watt. In addition, Apple has stated that it plans to release on the market the first Mac with ARM chips by the end of the year and complete the transition in about two years. According to the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the first to adopt this chip will be the new 24-inch iMac with all new design that will be coming out towards the end of the year.
How many new transition kits would fit in the old transition kit? pic.twitter.com/mG0iTkJ4cY
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Apple has stated that they will continue to support and release new versions of macOS also for Macs based on Intel chips for years to come, and has also confirmed that in the meantime there are still some of the new Intel-based Macs, in the development phase.